BLACK BOOK - Gideon Rubin
To coincide with Gideon Rubin's highly-acclaimed exhibition BLACK BOOK at the Freud Museum London (7 February - 15 April 2018), we have an exclusive hard-back catalogue of this wonderful exhibition.
In this catalogue are high-resolution images of all the works on display. In addition to the images is an interview between curator James Putnam and artist Gideon Rubin, followed by an essay on Rubin's work with memory by cognitive psychologist Barbara Tversky.
The artist’s specially created project for Freud’s final home relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. A series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper take inspiration drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected. The idealised images of heath and efficiency in the magazines were designed to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy in Nazi propaganda. Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. The process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche.
Gideon Rubin (b.1973) is an Israeli artist who lives and works in London. He received his BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York and MFA from Slade School of Art in London. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions.